More Cases of EEE and West Nile Virus found in Oswego County

The Oswego County Health Department learned from the New York State Department of Health that more cases of the Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) virus and the West Nile virus (WNV) were found in test sites around the county from samples that were taken before the aerial spraying was done on Saturday.

According to the Health Department, two mosquito pools tested positive for EEE, one in the village of Central Square and the other in the town of West Monroe. Both sites are part of the target area that was sprayed last weekend.

Four mosquito pools tested positive for WNV, two in the village of Central Square, one in New Haven and one in the town of Palermo. The Palermo site is the only new location to receive positive test results.

Oswego County Public Health Director Jiancheng Huang said, â??The results we received this week were from collections that were taken before the county conducted aerial spraying last Saturday.â??

â??Although the aerial spray was very effective in reducing some of the targeted mosquito populations, recent surveillance shows that mosquitoes are still there which means that viruses might still be present. We are working closely with the state health department to monitor the situation.â??

Huang added that everyone still needs to be cautious to prevent exposure to mosquitoes. â??It is very important that people continue to follow personal protection measures.â??

Here are some tips from the Oswego County Health Department to protect residents:

- Use insect repellent.

- Limit outdoor activities in areas where mosquitoes are most active and between dusk and dawn which is the peak mosquito biting time.

- If you have to be outside, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, shoes and socks.

Here are some ways residents can reduce mosquito populations in and around their homes:

- Repair or replace all window and door screens to keep mosquitoes outside.

- Reduce or eliminate all standing water from pails, recycling containers, wheelbarrows, wading pools, pool covers and similar water-holding containers.

- Clear roof gutters, remove leaf debris from yards and gardens, and clean vegetation and debris from the edge of ponds.

- Change the water in birdbaths and horse troughs twice a week.

For more information about mosquito-borne diseases, call the Oswego County Health Department at 349-3564 or visit the New York State Department of Health Web site at